Oblique Angle Clamping Jig

By Stan Durlacher

Clamping Jig for Oblique and Odd Angle Joints I nicknamed my Oblique Angle Clamping Jig, ‘lollipops.’ for their unique shape and for want of a better name. This type of jig is not something I claim to have thought up or created. In fact, I have seen similar metal ones in catalogs and in high-priced woodworker stores…

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Pareto Principle for Small Business

By Robert Robillard

The 80/20 Rule For Small Business Contractor I want to talk about a useful analysis that I use in my remodeling business, it’s called the 80/20 rule. If you’ve studied business or economics, you’re probably familiar with the Pareto Principle. Pareto was born in Italy in 1848 and went on to become an important philosopher and economist.…

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Installing Snow Melting Mats

By Michael Hopp

Warmup Snow Melting Mats Review Winter in New England brings snow, ice and a sled load of safety issues to your driveway and walkways.  With Snow Melting Mats, old man winter is an issue of the past.  Snow melting mats can be placed under asphalt, concrete and pavers. Installing Warmup Snow Melting Mats We use Warmup…

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Building A Sliding Barn Door

By Robert Robillard

Building and Installing a Sliding Door Today it seems like every home décor magazine and Pinterest board is covered with sliding barn door ideas. Whether it’s a modern, industrial-style door or a more rustic, country design, or something in between, I am seeing more and more interest in this trend from clients. Sliding barn doors…

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Milwaukee Hole Hawg Vs DeWalt Flexvolt Joist Drill

By Jim Nadeau

  Milwaukee Hole Hawg Vs DeWalt Flexvolt Joist Drill I am asked almost every time I’m seen using the DeWalt 60v Flexvolt Joist Drill or the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Hole Hawg which one I prefer and how I would compare the two tools. As a side note, Milwaukee also has a larger version more geared toward…

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6 Bathroom Remodel Structural Considerations

By Robert Robillard

Bathroom Remodel Structural Issues With bathroom remodels people often focus on color, layout, heated floors and moving things around. These are all important things, but if you’re not thinking about the stuff behind the walls and under the floors to make the overall design work well. If you’re not concerned about “Hidden Conditions,” You’re about…

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Storing Paint Properly

By Robert Robillard

Paint Storage To store usable paint for longer periods of time, you need to keep air from getting into the can. Here’s a few tips on how to store paint in an air tight container. Use a rag, not a paint brush, and clean all the paint out of the sealing rim of the can, as…

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Best Bathroom Flooring

By Robert Robillard

3 of the Best Types of Flooring for the Bathroom Most of us think that we have limited choice when it comes to bathroom flooring. We can choose between stone, vinyl, or wood. Well, I’m happy to report that we have a lot more choice than that. There are so many different types of materials…

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